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Carter County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Carter County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded 1859
Named for Zimri A. Carter, a settler who came to Missouri from South Carolina in 1812
Seat Van Buren
Largest city Van Buren
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

509 sq mi (1,318 km²)
508 sq mi (1,315 km²)
1 sq mi (4 km²), 0.28
 - (2000)
 - Density

12/sq mi (5/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Carter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population is 5,941. Its county seat is Van Buren6. The county was organized in 1859, and is named for Zimri A. Carter, a settler who came to Missouri from South Carolina in 1812.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,318 km² (509 sq mi). 1,315 km² (508 sq mi) of it is land and 4 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.28%) is water.

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As of the census2 of 2000, there were 5,941 people, 2,378 households, and 1,674 families residing in the county. The population density was 5/km² (12/sq mi). There were 3,028 housing units at an average density of 2/km² (6/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 96.60% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 1.35% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. 1.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.1% were of American, 15.5% Irish, 15.0% German and 12.7% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 2,378 households out of which 30.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 26.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.10% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $22,863, and the median income for a family was $28,506. Males had a median income of $25,568 versus $16,500 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,349. About 19.60% of families and 25.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.10% of those under age 18 and 20.20% of those age 65 or over.

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Coordinates: 36°56′N 90°58′W / 36.94, -90.97

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